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Labellush Fashion Files

  • Denim Distressing 101

    How to Break 'Em In Without Breaking the Bank.

    If you've been paying any attention at all you've probably noticed by now that destroyed denim is by far one of the hottest fashion trends for Fall 2009. Packed with attitude, recession friendly and oh-so-versatile it's no wonder why everyone from teens to grandmothers are embracing the trend. But while the look may be busted up and broken down, don't expect to find quality distressed jeans on the sale rack. Designers know that crafting beautifully broken in denim takes extra time and money so prices usually range on the high-end (anywhere from $150 -$280 for designer labels). If you are anything like us, you probably find these figures at little hard to swallow, so we suggest a do-it-yourself approach instead. With a little bit of effort, the Labellush "Denim Distressing" guide and a careful eye you too can master the destroyed denim trend without breaking the bank.


    JeansRipped / Torn / Frayed:

    Ripped, torn, and frayed jeans imply a sense of history and that will add unique character to your look. From natural looking wear and tear to fully shredded rocker chic, the key to achieving this look lies in moderation. Keep in mind that the cuts you make will get larger over time as your jeans experience additional wear and washing. Labellush recommends that you start out small and practicing first on a pair you plan to toss.


    • Put your jeans on. With your washable marking pencil, draw lines where you plan to make your cuts. Normally jeans wear out the fastest in the knees and thighs, so for a more natural look keep your markings above the knee.
    • Remove your jeans. Take you scissors and cut through your guide marks. Start off small; you won't get the full effect until they are washed, and you can always enlarge the cuts later if needed.
    • As an alternative to scissors, you can achieve greater variation in your distressing by using a cheese greater, or rasp. Locate the area that you wish to distress and position your wooden block (or other flat hard surfaced object) inside your jeans behind the area you wish to work. Rub lightly for mild distressing, or harder to create more visible wear (i.e. holes, tears).
    • Wash and dry your jeans as normal. Review the results, if you desire a more destroyed look repeat the process until you are satisfied.

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  • Closet Organization

    Tips and Tricks for Organizing Your Closet and Reinvigorating Your Style.

    It is commonly believed that one's personal presentation is a perfect reflection of their life. Meaning, if someones life is chaotic and disorganized then most likely their appearance will be too; and vice versa of course. The theory is not surprising when you consider the natural effects of such lifestyle: Organized people have more time to spend on their appearance and take less time in their preparation, while people with lives in chaos probably can't find a clean pair of socks. For those who strive to refine their style Labellush.com recommends there is no better place to start than in the closet.

    1. Start by Sorting:

    The first step in organizing your closet calls for you to take everything out. That's right, you need to take it down to the bare bars. Take everything out, piece by piece, and sort each item into one of five piles: "Toss", "Fix", "Clean", "Sell / Consign", and "Keep".

    Anything that is worn out, or damaged beyond repair should go in the "Toss" pile - clothes do not regenerate themselves, and they are not going to look any better six months from now.

    Items with broken hems, small holes, missing buttons, or in need of alteration / resoling should go into your "Fix" pile and be addressed later; whether that means doing the repairs yourself, or dropping them off at the tailor / cobbler.

    Any clothing that is dirty or soiled should go into your "Clean," or rather "To Be Cleaned" pile. These garments will need to either be washed or dry-cleaned depending on their care specifications.

    Piece's that are out dated, or that you have never worn for one reason or another, but still have value should go into your "Sell / Consign" pile. Selling or consigning quality clothing that you no longer wear can be a great way of generating extra funding for your "closet renovation" or new wardrobe.

    Hopefully, most of our clothing will end up in the "Keep" pile. All of your quality basics, signature items, and investment pieces should be present. These items, along with those in your "Clean" and "Fix" piles will be the only ones that make it back into the closet.
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  • How to Flatter your Figure: Triangle

    The Pros / Cons of being a Triangle:

    If you have a Triangular shaped figure your look in good! Triangles generally have a slender neckline and shoulders, and beautiful full hips with plenty of sexy backside to spare! And since you carry less weight on top you probably also have great arms and a slender mid section that may at first glance, make you appear like you actually weight less than you really do. Your flaw? Because triangles have narrow shoulders they can often appear slouched, and bottom-heavy due to their wide hips if caught wearing the wrong clothes.

    What Not To Wear:

    So how does one go about balancing out a triangular silhouette? If you have a triangle shaped figure the first thing you want to do is avoid clothing that makes you look bottom-heavy. This means stay away from pieces that maximize your hips; pleated skirts, poofy skirts, close fitting tulip flared skirts, wide leg jeans / trousers, low rise pants, pants with small pockets in the rear, extra detailing (such as embroidery, cargo pockets, pleating or patterns), and shiny or light-weight material that clings to close to the body. As for tops steer clear of spaghetti straps that can make you slender shoulders look week, high necklines, raglan sleeves, drop waist styles, peasant tops, or any other tops that hit across your low-hip because they draw attention to your widest point.

    What To Wear:

    Instead, as a triangle, if you trying to achieve a balanced silhouette you need to draw the attention back up to your shoulders and neckline. To do this look for tops that have more volume and detailing at the shoulders, and an open neckline. Try girly tops with puffed shoulders, ruffled detailing, or military styled jackets with epaulets. When choosing jackets look for ones that hit either above or below the widest part of hips; never directly on. Also consider the size of the lapels; are they in proportion to the rest of your frame? If they look to narrow they will make your upper body look even smaller, so be careful! On the bottom stick to pants with a mid rise, and either a straight or bootcut leg. Doing so will help to minimize your hips. If you prefer skirts and dressed make sure they fit closest just above the widest point of your hips and flare out and away from there.

    Also try wearing bolder accessories up high; a well placed necklace at the collarbone, or chandelier earrings will work great on you!

  • How to Flatter your Figure: Inverted-Triangle

    The Pros / Cons of being an Inverted Triangle:

    If you have an inverted-triangle shaped figure congratulations! Inverted triangles generally have beautiful wide shoulders, and often look taller and more confident at first glance. You probably also have great legs and should be able to wear clothes beautifully - assuming you choose the right ones. Your flaw? Inverted-triangles can tend to look top heavy in the wrong clothes, and if your are carrying extra weight throughout your middle your silhouette can start to look somewhat masculine and curveless.

    What Not To Wear:

    So what's an inverted-triangle to do? If you have an inverted-triangle shaped figure the first thing you want to do is avoid clothing that makes you look top-heavy. This means don't wear anything that adds extra bulk to your upper body, because you will only exaggerate the difference in proportion between your shoulders and hips. Stay away from shoulder pads, puffed sleeves, jackets with shoulder detailing (such as epaulets or ruffles), or high crew / boat necklines. You also want to avoid any pants or skirts with a narrow cut. If your trying to achieve a balanced silhouette your probably going to need to wear bottoms that add volume to your lower half. Pencil skirts, straight-leg jeans, or shift dresses for the matter are not going to cut it.

    What To Wear:

    Instead look for pieces that open up the neckline, drawing attention to the center of your body and away from your broad shoulders. Try wrap tops, tailored blouses, or V'd neck sweaters. A V'd neckline works especially well for this purpose. Also, look for tops and jackets with princess seaming. Princess seams allow a garment to fit closer to the body, in turn giving the illusion of additional curves, and a slimmer silhouette. On the bottom you will want to try and balance out your wide shoulders by wearing skirt and dresses that flare away from the body, and pants that have more of a flared or bootcut leg.

    You can also affect the balance of your silhouette by playing with the color combinations of your garments. Darker colors make things appear smaller, while lighter colors make things appear larger. If you combine dark tops with lighter bottom pieces it will help you minimize your broad shoulders and make your hips appear more in proportion.

  • How to Flatter your Figure: Hourglass

    The Pros / Cons of being an Hourglass:

    Va-va-voom! If you have an hourglass shape congratulations (most of us are wishing we were you right now!) Hourglasses have equally wide hips and shoulders, as well as a well defined waist. Unlike most of the other body shape types you don't have to try to disguise anything. In fact, all you really need to do is carefully choose a wardrobe that doesn't interfere with what you've already got going.

    What Not To Wear:

    If you look at your silhouette you will notice that the narrowest part of your body is your waist. Your hips and shoulders may be well balanced and in proportion, but it is the contrast in the size of waistline that gives you the sex appeal. When choosing clothing it is important that you avoid anything that diminishes this contrast. You should try to stay away from boxy jackets, high necklines, loose fitting tops, and shapeless dresses. You don't want to hide your biggest asset! As for bottoms; thought you may have a great shape, you still want to keep the focus on your middle so steer clear of low-rise pants, extra detailing, and large prints that would throw of your visual balance.

    In addition,when piecing together outfits try to keep your color combinations balanced. This means stick to a combination of dark colors, or light colors; but not both together at the same time. Light colors make things appear bigger, while dark colors make things appear smaller. If you pair a white top with dark pants your going to look top-heavy, and vis-versa; if you pair a dark top with light bottoms you are going to look bottom-heavy. It is very easy to throw off the balance of an hourglass figure so be careful!

    What to Wear:

    One of the best things an Hourglass figure can wear is a wrap dress! The style was pretty much designed for you and it should flatter your figure perfectly. In addition look for tops and dresses that fit close to your waist to maintain the shape. Jacket and trenches that belt at the waist can also work great on you. And as for bottoms; try mid rise jeans with a dark wash that is not distressed. Also try pencil and high waisted skirts; you should really be able to wear them well.

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